Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s online youth theatre to record a brand new radio drama. As the uncertainty of the current situation continues, we we can take heart in the resilience, positivity, and creativity of young people. Following the necessary decision to cancel their live performances this summer, rather than be downhearted, our brilliant group of teenagers have come up with a great way to stage their original material – turn it into a radio play. Remote Street is set to be a gripping drama that tells the story of group of young people and their teacher confined to a remote island. Believing that WW3 has ravaged the rest of the world they seek to overcome the trials and tribulations of life in isolation as they unwittingly participate in Sanctuary Studio’s morally questionable reality TV series. Think Made in Chelsea meets the Truman Show.
Due to the ongoing global pandemic Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed the temporary cessation of all venue-based activities has been extended. The stage is set to remain dark until the end of the summer, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed, due to the likelihood of ongoing social distancing measures being in force throughout the summer. The venue had previously closed on 16 March for an initial twelve-week period in line with Government advice but as the pandemic has worsened the venue has extended this up until 31 August 2020. All visiting companies and community hirers have been informed and where possible rescheduled. The venue is currently in the process of contact audience members to arrange for a transfer of tickets or a refund. Some audience members have even chosen to donate the value of their tickets, which has been gratefully received. In a statement Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “The safety and health of all of our staff, visiting companies, artists, and audiences is of the utmost priority. Given the lack of guidance to the live events sector regarding what sort of measures should be in place after Lockdown ends we have decided to acknowledge the likelihood that restrictions
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has decided to extend the booking window for its advance ticket offer for both Christmas shows this year. Although Christmas is over half a year away, audiences often like to get their annual festive treat booked into the diary extra early, and to help even more people do so Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has extended its early bird ticket offer until 31 August. Tickets for both productions, a brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Iceberg!, a studio show for younger audiences, have 25% Off all tickets when using promocode EARLYBIRD at the online checkout. A CHRISTMAS CAROL 11-24 December 2020 Four Ghosts are about to take Scrooge on a journey to his past, present and future and open his eyes – and his heart – to the true meaning of Christmas. Join us for this fun, brash and irreverent re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story. This new adaptation from our Artistic Director Craig Morrow, features new original music from composer Mark Wilde and is an ideal spooky festive treat for all the family. ICEBERG! 16 Dec – 5 January 2021 Once upon a time, in the land far to the north of here,
With the UK currently under Lockdown Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has been been thinking how best we can continue to operate as an arts centre in a virtual space and has begun to publish a special e-newsletter as a starting point for bringing together ideas of how we can stay creative as a community. Inside you’ll find video performance, project updates, and tips on the best culture to view online and where. So if you have a spare few minutes and find yourself looking for something to read in your inbox then we hope our Creative Lockdown Newsletter is a useful diversion. To receive the newsletter visit our mailing list sign up page here.
Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 16 March 2020 to step up measures to fight the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, reinforced by guidance from Arts Council England and UK Theatre/the Society of London Theatre, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s programme of events and activities from today, Tuesday 17 March 2020. We take the health and safety of our audiences, staff, freelance colleagues and partners very seriously and will continue to follow advice from UK Government as it is issued. At this stage, we do not know how long the suspension of our programme will last. However, the rest of our published season up to and including Sunday 7 June will be postponed or cancelled; events after this date are currently going ahead on a case by case basis. During this time our Box Office, cafe bar, studios and FOH areas will also be closed for public access. If you have already booked a ticket for performance or workshop coming up in the next few months, our box office staff will be getting in contact with you in due course. Due to the volume of communication we are asking customers not to contact
The Lincoln Fun Palace Trail will be taking places across 6 venues. At each venue there will be a question to answer and a prize for everyone who answers all the questions correctly. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LN6 7TS) The Collection Usher Gallery (in the education room) (LN2 1LP) Lincoln Library (LN2 1EZ) Mansions of the Future (LN5 7EQ) Lincoln Drill Hall Theatre & Arts Centre (LN2 1EY) Fabric Corner and The Craftea Cafe (LN5 7HW) Usher Gallery (Education Room) 11:00 – 14:00 Colourly Creatives Messy Art Experiment (3 hour drop in session) aims to bring accessible art workshops to children of all ages in the Lincoln area. Come and join their large scale messy arty experiment, there will be paint filled pendulums and fizzy art. Incredibly simple, ridiculously fun and easy to recreate at home! LPAC 10- 10:50 Dexter and Winters Detective Agency (Roundabout Theatre) 10 – 10:45 Stand By Theatre Workshop (Studio 2) Create and Share with Stand By Theatre Company Join local Theatre Makers for an hour of play and creativity as we share stories through drama workshops and mini-performances. 10:30 – 12:30: Bridge Building Can you make a bridge using just lego or paper and bull
Co-commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre for Frequency Festival 2017, Solo was first performed at The Blue Room at The Lawn, Lincoln and has since toured to other intimate, non-theatre spaces. We’re delighted to welcome back this mini-theatrical gem for PopOut in the historic setting of St. Mary le Wigford Church. In this interview Michael Pinchbeck and Ollie Smith share their influences behind the creation of the piece. Tell us about you – who are you and what do you do? We’re solo artists who have been collaborating together on theatre and performance projects for around a decade. The first piece we made was a two-hander called The End – and it became one part of a body of work called The Trilogy, along with The Beginning and The Middle. We try to find new and unusual ways of creating audience experiences, often with the audience themselves at the centre. We are also interested in the role of music in telling a story. What inspired you to make this show? After The Trilogy we made a second triptych of shows inspired by three musical compositions by Maurice Ravel and their connections to war. The first show Bolero was about the
Motionhouse is a dancecircus company that tours extensively around the world. Their jaw-dropping show BLOCK wowed PopOut Festival audiences in 2018 and so we are really excited to welcome them back this year with their brand new show WILD. Our Artistic Director Craig Morrow spoke to Motionhouse’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE about this exciting new piece. CM: Hi Kevin, it’s great to have Motionhouse back – how has the show been going? KF: It’s been really well received at festivals as diverse as Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in London and Stockton Riverside Festival and been performed to audiences of 20,000. The show is still very new so a bit early for reviews but we’ve had great audience feedback with particular praise going to the powerhouse performers. CM: What’s the inspiration for WILD? KF: With WILD, I really wanted to talk about our relationship with the environment. I’ve often been struck by the contrast between the wild environment and the urban environment and I’ve been thinking a lot about how humans originally came from the wild but now we have become urbanised we are actually missing out on a deeper connection with that environment and
Highly Sprung was formed in 2002 by Sarah and Mark Worth to produce narrative driven physical theatre. Based in Coventry and often working with younger audiences and performers, they created their first outdoor show in 2012 and were the company behind PopOut 2018’s mesmerising Urban Astronaut (see page 3). Here they talk about the creation of their new show Roots. “Roots was made in response to Brexit. We are devastated that the decision to leave the EU has led to a rise in hate crime and unpleasant nationalism. We work closely with refugee communities in Coventry where incidences of public discrimination are becoming more common and so we wanted to make a piece that challenges negative perceptions. Mostly, we wanted the message of commonality to be heard, after all we, are all human, it is often only circumstance that draws the differences between us. For those that saw Urban Astronaut last year Roots has a similar feel, with audiences recognising the style of the piece, and there is a sense that it could be taking place in a different part of the same world. There is no promenade aspect to this show, however. Instead, this year the whole piece is
Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together on and off since 2011. In 2016 they invited producer Andrea Salazar to work with them on creating a series of dark shipping container shows, using immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety and DARKFIELD was born. We spoke with Glen Neath about DARKFIELD’s latest touring container show FLIGHT and the inspiration behind it. LPAC: DARKFIELD are at the forefront of using binaural 360 degree sound in theatre but where do they get their ideas from? Neath: Well, the shows always grow out of our policy of placing each audience member at the centre of the experience. We then explore ideas that suit our use of darkness as a tool to free the imagination. For instance, FLIGHT began out of our desire to put an audience on a replica aeroplane. And that gave us a license to have some fun with the fears and anxieties around flying. LPAC: But despite the sensory effects FLIGHT is definitely no flight-simulator? Neath: No, not in a traditional sense, although audiences really do feel like they are taking off, this is more a simulator of multiple outcomes. In making the show, we read